Saturday, April 25, 2009

Melbourne Day 3 & 7: Ann's Bistro, Family and Cousins

On our 3rd day in Melbourne, Greg needed to work again and I went entertaining myself. I met up with Aunty Linda and both my cute little cousins who just migrated there. Well, Sheila used to be little but now she's turning into a pretty young lady.

Meanwhile Megan remains the same - the little chili padi with horsepower.

The two gals actually came all the way to the city on their own to meet me on Bourke St from North Balwyn with their GPS. I dont know what to say, am touched for sure! Impressed definitely with their boldness and ingenuity, and the technology.

We then ended up for dinner at Ann's Bistro in Chinatown which is located past Russel St on the 1st or 2nd little lane on the left. Roger likes this place cos it was actually serving pure China Chinese Food not Cantonese Chinese Food. Because Greg was working late till almost 7 pm, he did not have his camera with him - a blogger's worst sin. It's unfortunate cos the food was really good at a very reasonable price. We ordered a smoked tea duck with gravy, red cooked pork hock, ma po tofu, szechuan brinjals and Peking roast lamb. All the dishes were well cooked and balanced. Not too salty like the typical chinese food. The serving was big as well so there's really nothing to complain about. We did think about going back there again to eat just to take photos. Blogger's tenacity!

So this post will be without food pictures . Maybe a quick update about Aunty Linda and the two gals for family and friends. Aunty Linda has some part time private nursing going for her now. This lady has unfalteringly settled themselves down here. I am all respect and kow tow to her for coming here alone with two gals in toll yet no complaints and totally taking life in a zest albeit the fact that she does look a little tired. Must have been tough for her moving overseas and into a new home and getting everything ready in the span of 4 months. Their home in North Balwyn is cosy and Aunty Linda is still putting her touches to it.

Sheila and Megan are enjoying themselves. As how Megan puts it, "There's no homework anymore." They are certainly eating more than usual unlike in Malaysia where they hardly eat anything. Sheila just got her grand piano so music is back. Megan is still as 'dangerous' as ever and we finally found someone to control her. Of all persons, Roger! He had practically rendered her speechless with his sarcasm and remarks on her but she is still hanging all over him. Talking about girls liking not so nice guys.

See how fatherly Roger looks. Mothers with
single daughters, for your consideration.

We met up again on Sunday for a potluck at Aunty Linda's. Aunty Selina and her brood (Michelle, John and Sharon) were present together with Uncle William and family. Nothing better than spending a nice sunny afternoon with family. Here are some pictures taken by very our own family amateur photographer, Greg, from Aunt Linda's backyard to a nearby park (Boroondara) later in the afternoon.

William's youngest son Jason. This guy is super cute, always quite, always observing from the background.
William's pretty daughter Ashley. See the dimples? It runs in the family. Cannot escape one.

And little salsa Megan.

And Sheila, with a bit of Vogue fashion photography there.

And not forgetting cousin Sharon who doesn't really fit in with the rest of the little ones, but she's still a cousin. The girl with infectious joy & unbreakable spirit. She looks like she's about to fly.

The trio at the park, doing crazy photography stunts.

You should have seen how Megan rides a bicycle. She rides like there's no tomorrow. She makes both the Ghost Rider & the Hells Angels look like sissy boys.
Megan, I think you need to slow down. Let the boys catch up a bit.


ET女子 said...

i love the jumping photo~~nice shot!!

terri@adailyobsession said...

Lil meg has put on weight!they look happy :D

Sophie said...

ooo... i am a tofu super fan! sigh. i want the mapo tofu soooooo badly right now. with rice.

this is really one of the simplest dishes to make anywhere in the world so long as you can get hold of tofu and sauce package.

Here I bought a sauce pack so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.

NEE said...

hehe mapo tofu is in fact very hard to grab the hang off. as usual with simple dishes. looks simple but hard to cook well.

good luck with yours. will visit your blog to check out the results.

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